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Old 11-06-2013, 05:57 AM   #1
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Hey guys! I did a search, but couldn't find anything pertaining to this. I'm planning on putting a receiver hitch on my 95 YJ (2.5L, 5-speed, all stock) for towing a light trailer when I occasionally need to haul stuff instead of having to own or borrow a pickup truck. No problem there. HOWEVER I just bought a project 1942 GPW Jeep near Kansas City (300 miles from OKC). Is it possible to tow that WWII jeep on a dolly with my YJ? Or am I just asking to toast the engine and/or tranny? Renting a truck set up for towing for the weekend is showing to be almost as expensive as just hiring a transport company so I'm looking for alternatives. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 11-06-2013, 06:02 AM   #2
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2,000lbs is the tow capacity

If you plan to do it, I wouldn't take the Jeep to get the dolly. I believe most places will deny you if you try to pull it with the Wrangler

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Old 11-06-2013, 06:45 AM   #3
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see if there is a enterprise commercial truck rental in your area....they will rent you a pickup to tow with for about 100 bucks a day, get a u haul trailer some tie downs and your set.
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Old 11-06-2013, 12:02 PM   #4
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I once saw where Home Depot or Lowes rented trucks too. Don't know if they still do or not. I think that would be pushing the limits for the YJ...especially at that distance.
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:26 PM   #5
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My opinion is towing it flat instead of on dolly would be best. Transfer case in neutral, hubs unlocked with a sturdy towbar. I certainly would not tow over 40mph with your YJ not that it can't go faster but unless you set up the GPW to have brakes you're dangerously pushing the limits of your brakes on the YJ. A good flat bed trailer would be better if it has brakes but failing that any large rental truck would be much safer if you can't get brakes on your towed vehicle.

Towing it with a YJ without brakes is going to be a white knuckle drive. Your braking distance will be double in a panic stop and more like triple if you brake cautiously.

At highway speeds (60mph) any big truck that passes you can start the vehicle swaying and you will lose control and end up in oncoming traffic or the ditch. So side roads and 40mph is best you can hope for.

Get a 20ft truck or larger and you can drive the highway but your cost might be as much as having it delivered.
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:48 PM   #6
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No way would I try that for 300 miles. Beg or borrow a pickup to bring it home.
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:10 PM   #7
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I think that would be pushing it.

Is it worth the risk? No way. Not for 300 miles. The AX5 tranny is doing good at pulling itself down the road, let alone with another Jeep in tow.

Too risky in the YJ man. A 1/2 ton & a dolly or a car hauler would pull the GPW no sweat. Find a buddy with a 3/4 or 1 ton & you'll never even know it's back there.
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Old 11-06-2013, 03:45 PM   #8
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Yeah just rent a truck and dolly or find a buddy with a truck and rent a dolly or something. That would be quite a load for a yj for 300 miles.
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Old 11-06-2013, 04:42 PM   #9
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Pick up and flat bed trailer. Iv never put anything on a dolly unless it'd going to the scrap yard. I just picked up a 54 Willys pick up. 200 mile round trip. All I had to do was rent the trailer. Cost 75 bucks for the day. My brother used his truck so all I needed to do is pay for gas... I was also the first person ever to rent that trailer! Dont want to brag or nothing....
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:31 PM   #10
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Thank you guys for the candid responses! I'll nix the idea of using the jeep to tow. I can get a flatbed trailer from U-Haul for 54 bucks, no problem. The problem is the truck. Can you believe that in the middle of Oklahoma of all places I can't get my hands on a pickup with a hitch? None of my friends have them anymore (used to know a few), Enterprise (among all the other rental places) will not rent a truck for towing without a commercial contract. (I have to be a legitimate business). A place called Capps will do it, but they only have big monster trucks, require an $800 deposit, lots of paperwork, the fillings in my teeth, and they're not open on weekends, so I'd have to rent it for three or four days (plus .39 per mile)! The search continues. I'm starting to consider throwing a tool kit, a fire extinguisher, and some new tires in the old GPW and driving the bloody thing back. It's supposed to be mechanically sound, but that would be a hair-raising 300 miles I bet!
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Thank you guys for the candid responses! I'll nix the idea of using the jeep to tow. I can get a flatbed trailer from U-Haul for 54 bucks, no problem. The problem is the truck. Can you believe that in the middle of Oklahoma of all places I can't get my hands on a pickup with a hitch? None of my friends have them anymore (used to know a few), Enterprise (among all the other rental places) will not rent a truck for towing without a commercial contract. (I have to be a legitimate business). A place called Capps will do it, but they only have big monster trucks, require an $800 deposit, lots of paperwork, the fillings in my teeth, and they're not open on weekends, so I'd have to rent it for three or four days (plus .39 per mile)! The search continues. I'm starting to consider throwing a tool kit, a fire extinguisher, and some new tires in the old GPW and driving the bloody thing back. It's supposed to be mechanically sound, but that would be a hair-raising 300 miles I bet!
I've seen people put adds on craigslist saying they are looking to rent a truck from someone or looking for someone to pick stuff up. My brother halls boats and campers on the side for people. Worth a shot.
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:27 PM   #12
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I've towed my YJ on a trailer with my JKU several times and that is pretty sketchy. I flat tow my M38A1 several time a year to the beach with no trailer brakes, got to be super vigilant on braking distance. I tow my large atv with any of my 3 jeeps and there is no problem. Point being I definitely would not tow another jeep with the YJ though. The wheel base is too short and i dont think my yj 6 cyl would like the abuse. Not to mention the braking issues.
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:30 PM   #13
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think shipping and not towing, call a shipper in the area of the jeep they will bring it to you, they will pick it up and deliver it to you!
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:41 PM   #14
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I'm here in KC. I just went to Goldsby, OK and back today for a CUCV! ~800 miles, over $200 in fuel, 13+ hr day.
Damn those diesels are heavy. Towed in 06 hemi megacab on my 18' trailer.

I don't plan to be down to OKC area shortly. What is your time frame? I do occasionally buy at military/govt auctions (how I got the CUCV) and have to make the trip. I could hold it for you.

Monday picked up a M416A1 for a 6.5hr round trip. Fri got a M1102 to pickup 3.5 hrs from KC. Man, lots of miles and used fuel this week. I hope the city doesn't get mad with me.....lol
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Old 11-06-2013, 10:55 PM   #15
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I towed my buddy's integra a few weeks ago with a car dolly using my Yj as the rig. I couldn't even tell it was behind me.
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Old 11-07-2013, 06:15 AM   #16
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Thanks guys!
I'm looking into transport companies. Pricy, but not far off from rental and gas.
I'm on a pretty tight schedule and I need to go settle up with the seller as soon as possible.
The last time out, I flat-towed a barn find '68 VW Beetle using my buddy's 1975 Cadillac, but he has since sold it. (Of course that thing got 8mpg without towing anything).
My main concern with the YJ I guess would be the tranny. I've read somewhere that it's sort of a weak link in the 2.5L jeeps. Mine is starting to have synchro trouble, even though it's low mileage and well cared for.
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Old 11-07-2013, 11:39 PM   #17
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Well I lucked out at the 11th hour.
Turns out one of the local Ford dealers rents F150s with receiver hitches for $154 a day with unlimited miles. Reserved one to pick up Saturday.
Looks like I'll be coming home Sunday with a one owner (well, technically two owner if you count the government) WWII Jeep.
Excited to get this project underway.

Thank you guys for your help!
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:23 AM   #18
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SWEET! Post up some pics of that little charmer when you get it home.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:52 AM   #19
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Thanks, will do!

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